Elton got thousands of Lebanese fans dancing in a sell-out concert, his first appearance in the Middle East, reported the Associated Press on July 8, 2001.
[Actually, Elton has performed in Israel several times in the past 20 years - EJW.com observes! Ed.]
Wearing a glittery blue suit, Elton sang for more than two hours non-stop July 7, 2001, at Beiteddine, a scenic mountain palace that was the seat of the 18th-century Mount Lebanon principality.
"I am very excited to be here in this beautiful setting. Thank you for inviting me," Elton told the crowd.
The star was invited to Lebanon by the organising committee of the Beiteddine Festival and was to give an extra performance on July 8, 2001, at the Beiteddine summer resort.
John played new songs and old hits, from Your Song and Daniel to Circle of Life and Can You Feel the Love Tonight, theme from the Lion King soundtrack.
The fans - some of whom paid up to $193 for a ticket - held candles for the final song, Candle in the Wind.